Got guns? Even if you don’t have kids, you need to invest in a gun safe. We’re sharing 5 reasons why – after reading these, you’ll know the choice to make.
You’ve finally done it.
You picked out your gun. You passed the background check. And you are now a gun owner.
As you already know, owning a weapon is a huge responsibility. You have to do everything you can to keep everyone in your home safe.
The best way to do this is buying a gun safe. There are lots of reasons why buying a gun safe is a good idea. This post will name them all.
Keeping Your Children Safe
This is the most obvious and important reason to have a gun safe. Having a gun safe protects your children (and any visiting children).
In 2015, 265 children died as the result of accidents involving firearms.
You want to make doubly sure that no children are able to gain access to your weapons. Especially your own. After all, you don’t want them taking revenge because you wouldn’t let them have that cookie for dessert, do you?
Even if your children get curious, they won’t be able to get into your safe. The only one who can access it is you and any other adult that you allow. Besides, if your children don’t want to obey you, there no better threat than, “don’t make me go to my safe!” (Just kidding.)
Guns aren’t cheap, are they? In many homes, they are some of the most prized possessions. In some cases, you might have older guns that have been passed down in your family.
Your guns are valuable. And this makes them a target for burglary. It could also be a deterrent, but your gun won’t work as well if it’s in the hands of a burglar, will it?
As you already know, guns are stolen from households all the time. Between 2005 and 2010, 1.4 million guns were stolen in household burglaries.
Sometimes, thieves will steal guns so they can sell them illegally. In other cases, they will steal guns just for themselves. Or, maybe they just see that your home is owned by someone who wasn’t smart enough to lock them up, right?
Don’t be that guy.
You need to make sure your weapons are protected. A gun safe serves as a highly effective deterrent to thieves. Most burglars lack the tools and knowledge necessary to break into a gun safe. They’re usually looking to quickly steal everything they can.
If you have a gun safe, burglars are less likely to spend time trying to figure out how to break into it. They’ll just move on and steal your other belongings. Unless, of course, you get your gun out of the safe! The good thing about this is that you can store other valuable items in there as well. It’s a great way to protect your other valued belongings.
Defending Your Home
Having quick access to your firearms is necessary if you’re ever in a situation where you need to defend your family. One of the main points of having a weapon is to make sure that criminals aren’t able to do any harm to you or your household. A gun is much more useful when you’re the one pointing it at the other person, isn’t it?
Having a gun is a huge responsibility. A gun safe keeps your children safe while giving you a way to have access to your gun when you need it. Since only you will know the combination, intruders won’t be able to use your weapon against you.
Protecting Your Guns From Fire
As you already know, gun safes are a great way to protect your guns from other people. But it’s also a great way to protect your guns from mother nature.
Yes, I know it’d be easier if you could just threaten mother nature with your firearm. But that’s not possible.
If there happens to be a fire in your home, your safe will make sure that your weapons and other valuables are not consumed by the fire. Most gun safes are made to withstand hotter temperatures.
When choosing a safe, you want to make sure that it has a high fire rating. Otherwise, you could risk losing your weapons in a fire.
The rule of thumb is to get a safe that has nothing less than a 1-hour fire rating. Of course, if you can afford a higher rating, it’s better to go with the higher rating.
Protection From Lawsuits
Having a gun safe can protect you from potential legal action. What kind of legal action, you ask? Great question.
Let’s do a hypothetical situation.
Let’s say a burglar breaks into your home. You don’t have a gun safe, so you hide your weapon under your bed. Of course, the burglar finds it.
Then, after making off with your gun (and other valuables) he decides to sell the gun to a gang member. This gang member then uses your gun in a non-fatal shooting. The victim recovers and the police find out that the gun was stolen from your home.
What could happen to you in this case?
Well, the victim may decide to file a lawsuit against you because it was your gun being used in the crime. You won’t be able to show that you did your due diligence to make sure that the thief couldn’t take your weapon. In this case, you may be held liable in court.
A gun can protect you from many things. But it can’t protect you from a slick lawyer.
Now, I’m not saying that this would definitely happen to you. Every situation is different. But the possibility is always there.
If you did everything you could possibly do to prevent the theft, it’ll be harder for someone to bring a lawsuit against you. This means you won’t have to worry about losing tons of money for a simple mistake.
In some cases, not having a gun safe could get you into trouble with the law. There is no federal mandate that gun owners have to have a gun safe. But in 27 states, gun owners are required to have gun safes in order to protect children. These are called “safe storage laws.”
You’re going to want to find out if your state has safe storage laws. If so, then you are legally obligated to get a gun safe.
In some states, they only require this if you have children. In other states, they may require it even if you don’t have children. The objective is to prevent any child from having access to any firearms in your home.
Here’s the thing. If any child gains access to your guns, and an accident occurs, you could be held criminally liable. This is obviously a serious matter. Make sure you check your state’s laws to see what is required of you.
Gun safes are extremely important. They are necessary when it comes to protecting your home, your children, other people’s children, and the guns themselves. If you own a firearm, you should find out where there are gun safes for sale in your area. Make sure you get the right safe for your family. It’ll save lives.